Robert Cantrell, Once Connected To The Murder Of Jazmine Barnes, Getting Death Threats Despite Being Cleared

Aaron Homer

A man who was once believed to be connected to one of Houston's worst murders in recent memory is still getting death threats. The death threats in question are aimed at himself and his family -- even though another suspect has been arrested and charged with this crime, KTRK-TV (Houston) is reporting.

Seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes was shot and killed on Sunday, December 30. The family says they were sitting in their car, minding their own business, when a vehicle pulled up beside them. The passenger of that vehicle opened the door, and fired multiple rounds into the vehicle. Jazmine was struck multiple times and was killed. Other passengers in the victim's car suffered minor injuries as well.

After interviewing several witnesses, police released a composite sketch of a man thought to be the suspect -- a white male, in his 30s or 40s, clean-shaven. The composite sketch was shared all over social media, and soon civil rights activist Shaun King paired up Robert Cantrell's mugshot with the composite sketch of the suspect in Jazmine's murder, and shared it to Twitter. Twitter users were quick to accuse Cantrell of the murder.

Even Cantrell's niece, Hailey Cantrell, says that she started to tear up when she realized that he might have been involved in this crime.

In fact, though he has been imprisoned for a host of crimes in his life, Cantrell is not believed to be a suspect in the murder of Jazmine Barnes.

Nevertheless, Hailey says that her family continues to get death threats -- even though their relative has been cleared.

"I hear, 'Someone is going to rape, torture and murder the women and children in your family.'"

Hailey, meanwhile, just wants everyone to back off.

"The truth is out. It had nothing to do with us, nothing to do with my uncle at all."